Federal Judge Blocks Texas Ban on Abortions During Outbreak

Texas pushed back Monday against Planned Parenthood’s challenge to an executive order banning unnecessary surgeries during the Covid-19 pandemic, saying surgical abortions are not medically necessary and nonsurgical abortions are also included in the ban as the state tries to conserve medical supplies.

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Planned Parenthood Sues Texas Over Halt on Abortions

Planned Parenthood and several other abortion providers sued Texas’ Republican leaders in federal court Wednesday, challenging an executive order that temporarily halts all non-essential surgeries due to fears it may be used to block non-surgical abortions as the state seeks to conserve medical supplies and clear hospital beds to handle the COVID-19 pandemic.

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California Outlines Plans to Deal With Expected Surge of Virus Patients

As part of California’s push to prepare hospitals for a surge of infected patients, Governor Gavin Newsom said Monday the state has gained 1,000 ventilators from Tesla CEO Elon Musk and will partner with China to procure badly needed protective gear. 

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US to Waive Student Loan Interest as Pandemic Panic Simmers

Shortages of lifesaving equipment are plaguing U.S. hospitals and health care facilities grappling with the Covid-19 pandemic, but economic relief took priority when President Donald Trump announced Friday that the Department of Education will temporarily waive interest on all federally held student loans. 

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